8 episodes

Welcome to Innovation with Mark Peter Davis, a podcast dedicated to innovation, truth, and education.

Through fireside chats with entrepreneurs, industry leading executives, and creative minded business folk, I'll highlight the society altering transformations that are happening all around us while providing crucial entrepreneurial advice.

Pickup tips from founders who sold their company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Discover how everyday materials and goods are being reinvented by science. Learn about the current state of space exploration and the space industry from the CEO of a rocket company.

Join us on this expedition as we connect the present to the future through the art of storytelling.

Don’t forget to subscribe and follow on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Medium.

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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

Welcome to Innovation with Mark Peter Davis, a podcast dedicated to innovation, truth, and education.

Through fireside chats with entrepreneurs, industry leading executives, and creative minded business folk, I'll highlight the society altering transformations that are happening all around us while providing crucial entrepreneurial advice.

Pickup tips from founders who sold their company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Discover how everyday materials and goods are being reinvented by science. Learn about the current state of space exploration and the space industry from the CEO of a rocket company.

Join us on this expedition as we connect the present to the future through the art of storytelling.

Don’t forget to subscribe and follow on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Medium.

    Teaching the world how to code with Codecademy Co-Founder & CEO Zach Sims

    Teaching the world how to code with Codecademy Co-Founder & CEO Zach Sims

    Zach Sims is the Co-Founder and CEO of Codecademy, an education company that empowers people to transform their personal and professional lives by helping them learn modern skills.

    Zach started Codecademy 10 years ago when he was still an undergraduate student at Columbia University. As Codecademy gained momentum and took on investors, Zach decided to pursue it full time and left college. Now a decade later, Codecademy has helped over 45 million users in 179 countries learn new skills to gain a competitive advantage in our rapidly changing world.

    Zach and I discuss his decision to leave college and pursue Codecademy full time, what coding languages are the most durable, and how education is changing.

    • 38 min
    Why Israel innovates faster & the role of community with Yaron Samid serial entrepreneur & Founder of TechAviv

    Why Israel innovates faster & the role of community with Yaron Samid serial entrepreneur & Founder of TechAviv

    What is Israel doing to produce the most startups per capita, VC dollars spent per capita, and unicorns per capita?

    Yaron Samid is the Founder of TechAviv, a global Israeli startup founders club that's 3,000 members strong.

    He is also the Managing Partner of TechAviv Founder Partners, a pre-seed venture fund backed and powered by some of the world’s most successful company builders.

    Yaron was born in Israel, grew up and began his career in the US, and is now back in Israel where innovation and venture capital is booming.

    We discuss what Israel has done and is doing to support its startup community, why community is crucial for innovation, and what other countries and communities can do to mimic Israel’s innovation success.

    Host: Mark Peter Davis
    Guest: Yaron Samid

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Inside a Mega VC & University Entrepreneurship with Partner Peter Boyce II Partner at General Catalyst

    Inside a Mega VC & University Entrepreneurship with Partner Peter Boyce II Partner at General Catalyst

    Peter Boyce II is a Partner at General Catalyst, one of the preeminent venture capital firms out there. General Catalyst makes early-stage and transformational investments while backing exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies and market leading businesses. Investments include the likes of Airbnb, ClassPass, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker.

    Peter is also a Co-Founder of Rough Draft Ventures, an organization that helps university students in their journey from creating ‘rough drafts’ to startup companies by investing at the earliest stage.

    Peter and I discuss the way his firm operates, why it’s important to give companies time to develop, and how universities can better assist their entrepreneurs.

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    Host: Mark Peter Davis
    Guest: Peter Boyce II

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tech-enabled parenting, marketing wizardry and activating communities with Lisa Barnett Co-Founder, President, and CMO of Little Spoon

    Tech-enabled parenting, marketing wizardry and activating communities with Lisa Barnett Co-Founder, President, and CMO of Little Spoon

    Lisa Barnett is the Co-Founder, President, and CMO of Little Spoon, a fresh, direct-to-consumer baby food and early childhood nutrition company reinventing the modern parent’s experience of keeping their child happy and healthy.

    Lisa and I discuss her journey (which has a unique twist as she left a coveted job in venture capital to start Little Spoon), the importance of identifying an enemy when honing the focus of a company, special marketing tactics that everyone should embrace, and what her ideal legislation would look like if she could implement sweeping government changes to the food industry.

    What is your enemy? What problem are you trying to solve with your business?

    Special thanks to Lisa for joining the podcast.

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    @LisaBarnett_11
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    Host: Mark Peter Davis
    Guest: Lisa Barnett

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Winning in the enterprise space & the future of work with Jeff Wald Founder of WorkMarket

    Winning in the enterprise space & the future of work with Jeff Wald Founder of WorkMarket

    Jeff Wald is the Founder of WorkMarket, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to efficiently and compliantly organize, manage and pay freelancers. Jeff built WorkMarket from the ground up and sold the company to ADP for $400million. Along the way he learned some incredibly valuable lessons, some of which came during the exit process.

    Jeff shares his journey, what it’s like to take on investors as a company grows, his thoughts on the future of work and Universal Basic Income, and why retraining will be key to a successful economy.

    What lessons have you learned along the way as you’ve started and grown your business?

    Follow us on Twitter:
    @jeffreywald
    @mpd

    Host: Mark Peter Davis
    Guest: Jeff Wald

    • 51 min
    The truth about the space industry with Max Haot CEO of Launcher

    The truth about the space industry with Max Haot CEO of Launcher

    Max is the CEO of Launcher, a company that's developing the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit.

    Max discusses his background (which includes an important role in the development of live streaming), the cost of sending satellites into orbit, what it's like working with the State Department, his take as to why space exploration is important, and important entrepreneurial/startup advice.

    How would you use a satellite to help you grow your business or create a new one?

    Follow us on Twitter
    @maxhaot
    @mpd

    Guest: Max Haot
    Host: Mark Peter Davis

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

troneslothrop ,

Great listen for those in the start-up space

As someone who has spent years working in the fast-paced world of growing companies, this podcast has so far given me lots of inspiration to bring back to the “office.” Can’t wait to see who else they bring on.

Blowva ,

So well constructed

This is a masterful production job. So well balanced and mixed. I really enjoyed listening to the transitions and found the flow of his pod very smooth. I will be turning in regularly for sure!

Dwc Jr ,

Inspiring and insightful

To say it’s a big challenge for any story born from the ashes of 9/11 to shift the narrative away from sorrow and despair is an understatement. The interview with Tal Kerret does that and more. This podcast is inspiring and insightful. If this is only the first interview, then I’m excited to see what comes next! I am most certainly subscribing to this channel.

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